June Practices and last chance for MayDay TT sign up

May has seemingly flown by despite having the pandemic slowing most daily functions.  Team El Grupo  carefully started programming with multiple interval workouts.  These were designed with limited numbers to adhere to cautious distancing protocols.  I’d like to thank all riders, coaches and volunteers for making the month enjoyable despite the challenges.


We will culminate the month with Sunday’s MayDay! Time Trial.  Sign ups are still open and we need more participants!  Here is the sign up Genius for the TT.  Get ‘er done team!




Arizona now is now considered in Phase 1 of re-opening and Team El Grupo will like to commence regular June practices, albeit with continued social distancing strategies.  Ride routes, start times and locations are now posted in a new sign up Genius.  Attendance is no longer limited to a few spots, so make sure you show up to as many practices as possible.  We will mix dirt and road training in the leadup to our next event; the RambleUp Reddington Hill Climb on Father’s Day June 21.  This is a 4 mile ascent up beautiful the switchback dirt road.  A communiqué outlining our Team El Grupo group ride policy will be sent soon.


June sign up for both athletes and volunteer coaches here;




Here is the RambleUp Reddington course;




Here is the training plan for the rest of non practice days.


June programming;



Mon June 1- 1.5 hours easy

Tues June 2- 2.5hours endurance mtb – (Starr Pass)

Wed June 3- Shortrack practice-  (36th street)

Thur June 4- 2 hours with 5×3 minute zone 5 (Trail’s End)

Fri June 5- Rest

Sat June 6- 3 hours endurance road ride.  (Gates/McCain Loop/Coyote Pass)

Sun June 7-4 hours road endurance

Mon June 8- 1 hour easy

Tue June 9- 2.5 endurance mtb- (Sweetwater)

Wed June 10- Shortrack practice (36th street)

Thur June 11-2 hours with 5×4 minute zone 5 (Trail’s End)

Fri June 12- Rest

Sat June 13- 3.5 hours endurance gravel (Gates/Hohokam/GoldenGate)

Sun June 14-2.5 hours 2x TT course recon (20 minutes rest between reps)

Mon June 15-Rest

Tues June 16-4 hours endurance road (Big Square)

Wed June 17- Shortrack practice (36th street)

Thu June 18- Rest

Fri June 19-2 hours with 3x one minute openers

Sat June 20-1 hour easy




I really look forward to riding with all of you and advancing the program forward with these early morning regular practices.



MayDay TT sign up and practice news

MayDay TT sign up now open!


The coaches and I have really enjoyed the interval practice sessions so far.  Riders are keen to work hard and to see their teammates, even through our masks!  I know the sessions are all booked up online, but there’s always a last second cancellation or two.  If you’re interested in coming out, please do so.  We have plenty of space.


Here are the remaining practice interval sessions;




The MayDay TT is approaching.  This is a fun event to give you another opportunity to practice a race day scenario.  I know there’s a wide range of fitness levels right now.  That is OK!  The goal is not necessarily to win or set new power numbers, but to have fun, see your teammates and get that time trial practice.  Here is the sign up.  Notice we also have volunteer sign ups as well for parents or coaches out there!  If there are non team members who’d like to do the tt, there’s a few spots for you too.  First come first served.  Choose your own start time too!  We will start at 7am from Robins K-8 school.  Here is the course;




Here is the Time Trial and volunteer sign up!




Look forward to seeing everyone out there!



Cycling; Still the Greatest

My one to one rides are coming to a close and I want to wish everyone that signed up a big thank you.  It was a pleasure riding and getting to know each of you better.  We are halfway through May and are getting closer to the MayDay! TT at the end of the month.  Workouts are starting tonight and I hope those that haven’t done so already will find a session to sign up for.


Here’s a short cycling documentary that my father took me to see at Carleton University in Ottawa when I was 12 years old.  It greatly inspired me to become a competitive cyclist.  There are wonderful stories captured here and the overwhelming theme is passion and preparation.  Enjoy!



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